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His Dream Was Rooted in American Dream, “Free At Last”

January 21st, 2019 Comments off

 

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Oppression enslaves both the oppressor and those who are controlled. The comfortable life of the oppressor may look appealing. But when the full scope of economic realities are properly understood, each loses, though one side obviously lost more.

 

Manufactured housing professionals should embrace Martin Luther King Jr. Day on numerous levels. Rev. King accomplished amazing things, but he was not a perfect man. With Dr. King, as with other mere mortals, one must discern and separate the wholesome wheat from the inedible chaff.

Manipulating economic, political, media, housing, and any other aspects of American life costs this nation trillions annually in lost economic output. Learn more at this link here and at the linked text/image box, below.

 

FEAR, a Solution to the Affordable Housing Crisis, and the Manufactured Home Dilemma

 

 

 

 

 

 

The text of Dr. King’s speech –  delivered 28 August 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C. – per American Rhetoric, is as follows the video below. Note that the copyrighted version of the speech, from the federal archives, is found as a download, linked here.

For manufactured home, and other affordable housing professionals, the American Dream includes having the security and other benefits of homeownership.

 

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This abbreviated version of the famous speech by King is shown in the video below, which has had over 9.4 million views.  The longer version, after the text of the speech, has over 3.3 million views.

 

 

 

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I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the “unalienable Rights” of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.”

But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.

We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. And those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.

We cannot walk alone.

And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.

We cannot turn back.

There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?” We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. **We cannot be satisfied as long as the negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating: “For Whites Only.”** We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until “justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.”1

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. And some of you have come from areas where your quest — quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.

Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.

And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; “and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.”2

This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with.

With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

And this will be the day — this will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning:

My country ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim’s pride,    From every mountainside, let freedom ring!

And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.

And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.

Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.

Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.

Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.

But not only that:

Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.

From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:

Free at last! Free at last!

Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

 

 

There are several items from the civil rights movement era that are often misunderstood today. Several of these impact the issue of housing, politics, and economics.  See the related reports, linked below. The markets are closed today in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Day. “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

 

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“A Nation of Laws” – Donald Tye, Jr. Affordable Housing, and Manufactured Homes

October 24th, 2018 Comments off

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The new video interview with actively retired businessman and minister, Donald Tye, Jr., draws to a close with these words from Tye.

 

 

We are a nation of laws,” Tye said.

Tye explained that when laws aren’t enforced, all people and the nation at large suffers.

The useful, and often powerful video interview is found at this link below.

 

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, a Novel Yet Proven Solution to the Affordable Housing Crisis That Will Create Opportunities, Based Upon Existing Laws

 

Much like Tye describes himself, the video and article are nonpartisan.  Needs, goals, laws, and solution oriented.

  • What are the needs?
  • What are the facts?
  • What are the laws?
  • How can enforcing existing laws help people of all economic backgrounds?

Take a good look. Then share the link above. It can open numerous minds, which can open up opportunities and more honestly earned profits. “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Former NFL Star Arrested for Burglary of a “Mobile Home,” Surprising News Story Twist

June 14th, 2018 Comments off

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He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns with the sixth pick in the 2004 NFL Draft and played 10 seasons for five teams, including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots and New York Jets. He concluded his playing career in 2013,” per the Delmar Times.

 

The publicist for former NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr. said Saturday that a neighbor who reported him as an intruder in the [manufactured] home of an Encinitas couple who was not there was “overreacting,” as reported by the San Diego Union Tribune.

Winslow was arrested on charges of burglary in what initial news reports initially mischaracterized as a “mobile home,” [sic].SICSicutJournalismDefintionSocietyProfessionalJournalismDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsBut his sources say, Winslow was “house hunting.”

Zillow reports some homes in the land-lease community in question are selling from $150,000 to over $400,000.

Given the fact that millionaires and billionaires are buying and living in manufactured homes in a land-lease community, there is certainly a tone of plausibility to Winslow’s explanation.

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Of course, Winslow is considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law, or by a plea agreement.

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The community clearly has some upscale models. Still from the video posted on this page.

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Triad Financial Services Announces Record Loan Origination Volume

November 21st, 2016 Comments off
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Triad Financial Services, Inc. (Triad) today announced loan origination data for the first 9 months of 2016. A total of 5,684 loans have been funded by Triad for the 9 months ending 9/30/16, a 35 percent increase over the same period in 2015.

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I am very proud of the entire team at Triad, as growing 35% in one year is no easy task but our team answered the challenge and exceeded expectations,” said Triad Financial Services CEO Don Glisson, Jr.

Our growth has outperformed the industry the past several years and we believe our superior products and best in class customer service will be the reasons we continue this trend.

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UMH Properties Replaces Retiring Board Member

April 9th, 2016 Comments off

eugene_landy__google_comMHProNews has learned from prnewswire that Eugene W. Landy, board president of manufactured home community (MHC) owner UMH Properties, Inc. (NYSE:UMH), announced that Richard H. Molke is retiring from the board after 30 years of service.

The board of directors has chosen Kenneth K. Quigley, Jr. to serve out the remaining term which will expire in 2017. An attorney and current president of Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts, a post he has held since 1996, Quigley has experience in the not-for-profit realm as well as having served on the boards of banks and chairman of the audit committee of a real estate investment trust (REIT).

Mr. Landy thanked Molke for his exemplary service, and welcomed Quigley, noting his extensive experience in several arenas that can be very beneficial to UMH.

MHProNews knows UMH owns and operates 98 MHCs comprised of approximately 17,800 developed homesites. The company also owns a portfolio of REIT securities. ##

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Modular Air Traffic Control Tower built by SEA BOX

June 9th, 2015 Comments off

sea box modular traffic control tower  burlingtoncountytimes  creditA New Jersey supplier of modular shipping containers that repurposes them to commercial applications, temporary modular houses and military uses has converted 16 containers for use as a five-story Air Traffic Control Tower fitted to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) standards. While this particular one is designated as a temporary tower for Van Nuys, California’s airport while it undergoes renovation, SEA BOX President Jim Brennan, Jr. envisions their usage as a more permanent fixture at other airports.

As a supplier of new and used shipping containers designed for many uses, this project was particularly unusual, says burlingtoncountytimes. It has to follow every building code in the United States, so it’s good for earthquakes in California to hurricanes in Miami,” Brennan said, from the company headquarters in Cinnaminson, NJ. U. S. Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), after going to the top of the tower, said, “I’m delighted to see a business in this part of New Jersey doing so well and providing a critical part of our (airport) infrastructure.

MHProNews understands the modular tower was recognized by the the American Institute of Architects’ Northern Virginia chapter with the Jurors’ Citation in Institutional Architecture Award. ##

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Lexington man Sentenced in Federal Fraud case

November 29th, 2011 Comments off

Department of Justice  logoMHProNews has learned that 32 year old Robert C. Sasser of Lexington, South Carolina was sentenced in federal court on November 28th for wire fraud. In a case handled by U.S. Attorney Winston D. Holliday, Jr., United States District Judge Margaret B. Seymour sentenced Sasser to three years’ imprisonment and ordered payment of approximately $1.6 million in restitution to Wells Fargo Bank.  A Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) press release stated that a change of plea hearing established Sasser was a realtor and mortgage broker doing business in West Columbia.  Sasser was involved in eight real estate transactions involving “modular homes” from the Aiken Housing Center (AHC) and a private residence. Wachovia Mortgage Corporation (WMC) financed the eight mortgage loans for approximately $2.5 million. All the loans were collateralized by what was cited as modular homes that were deemed significantly overvalued. Loan documents demonstrated multiple misrepresentations that made the loans fraudulent, including grossly misstated income and asset information, forged signatures, and improper down payments. Due to subsequent foreclosures, the amount of loss suffered was approximately $1.6 million, owed to Wachovia’s successor, Wells Fargo.

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Long leaving Manufactured Housing Institute

October 5th, 2011 Comments off

Thayer_Long_outgoing_MHI_Executive_Directo photo credit_MHProNewsMHProNews received a statement from Cavco CEO and Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Chairman Joe Stegmayer, announcing the departure of Thayer Long as MHI’s executive director. Per Stegmayer’s statement, “As announced today at the MHI Board Meeting in Phoenix, Thayer Long will be leaving MHI to pursue another opportunity. Over the next several weeks, we will be working with Thayer, the MHI leaders and our excellent staff on a smooth transition of Thayer’s duties. The MHI leadership will also begin the search for Thayer’s replacement. Rest assured, MHI has extremely capable and professional staff.  They will continue to move the priorities of the association forward and will continue to serve our members well.” An MHI source stated Long would remain through October before departing. “This is what life is like in the association (world),” an MHI staffer said, who wished Long well while expressing confidence in the future.  In a typical comment, MHI member/retailer Doug Gorman said, “I have admiration for Thayer.  He stepped into the position at a time that was very challenging. Revenues were in decline.  He rose to the occasion, stepped up to the plate and performed remarkably well…He probably saw something that was good for him, and he will succeed because he is hard working.  I absolutely wish him well.” MHI PAC Chair, Rick Rand of Great Value Homes said, “Very happy for Thayer, he chose to make a career move.  Thayer has been with the association for years, and has been a great asset, stepped up all the time in his duties with MHI.  It was great to work with him. I am sorry to see him go, but that is the nature of this business.  We can only wish him the very best.”  A multi-decades veteran industry contacted MHProNews, speculating that Long’s departure was due to his seeing ‘the hand writing on the wall.’  When asked, Rand’s reply to that comment was, “We (MHI) are now in better financial shape than we have been in years, MHI is in a great position.  As is the MHI PAC.” Rand pointed to the MHI leadership, saying “We need to remember to give credit to the executive committee; Joe Stegmayer, Don Glisson, Jr., Kevin Clayton, Nathan Smith and Ken Cashin, the immediate past chair.” “I talked to Thayer several times during his tenure at MHI.  He was always professional, pleasant, and cooperative.  We wish him and MHI well during this time of transition” said John Bostick of Sunshine Homes and MHARR Chairman. MHProNews will continue to bring you updates on this and related developments.

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RV/MH Hall of Fame inducts 10 in ceremony

August 3rd, 2011 Comments off

RV_MH_Hall_of_Fame_TripAdvisor_posted_on_MHMSM.com_MHProNews.pngSome 350 leaders from the RV and Manufactured Housing industries gathered at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart to dine on surf and turf while honoring the class of 2011 inductees. Hodge Patel from U.S. Congressman Joe Donnelly office said: “Each year about 45 million vehicles travel the Indiana Toll Road. We need to work to capture these travelers so that they too can experience the RV/MH museum and hall of fame…The wow-factor is inside this building and we all need to re-double our efforts, just as Go RVing and many others have done financially and through other commitments.” The Spirit award went to retiring board member Jerry Pickrell, in recognition of 20 years of service. Inductees included: George Allen, GFA Management, Greenwood, IN. Robert Azevedo, Alpine RV, San Francisco, CA. MH Retailer Leonard O. Brown, West Valley View, Inc. Allegany, NY. Both Harold ‘Hal’ Gerring, (deceased), Gerring Industries, Shipshewana, IN. Larry Huttle, Airstream, Jackson Center, OH. James Knott, J & B Homes, Carlsbad, NM. John Martin, TCA and MHI, Locust Grove , VA. Mike Schneider, Affinity Group, Ventura, CA. MHARR co-Founder James F. Shea, Jr, Fairmont Homes, Nappanee, IN was also among the inductees. The Hall of Fame tells MHMSM.com that photos from the event will be available in the next few days.

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